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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by whyfarer » Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:52 pm

oblis wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:18 pm

The maker also messaged and asked which “Dvina” font and faceplate I wanted and I chose a blocky, glossy version.

I ordered an inexpensive violin bow to get started...we’ll see how that goes :guinness:
I went with the same faceplate. To me it's the clear 'soma' look.

How inexpensive is inexpensive? Please report when you've had the chance to play around with it

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by oblis » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:37 pm

whyfarer wrote:
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How inexpensive is inexpensive?
I ordered a $50 usd carbon fiber bow off Amazon.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by whyfarer » Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:44 pm

Gotcha. I've been looking at used/old bows on the ebay. Like I said, I know nothing about bows but I like giving old things a new life and a new home...

I also posted on muff's WTB forum in case anyone here has extras that they're willing to part with

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by bmot » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:28 am

oblis wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:37 pm
whyfarer wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:52 pm
How inexpensive is inexpensive?
I ordered a $50 usd carbon fiber bow off Amazon.
I ordered a 50€ carbon fiber cello bow from gear 4 music. Works just fine with the DVINA. I played a bit of cello in the past which is why I went with that choice. Cello bows are designed for thicker strings so it just depends what strings you choose to use. Mine came with thick strings already attached and some spares in different guages.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by whyfarer » Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:01 pm

Is there a reason to want thicker (or thinner) strings when playing the dvina?

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by vnsc » Wed May 06, 2020 9:22 pm

Really love the idea and execution of this instrument, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about it and peoples experiences with it. Seems like something that would go amazing with my hammered dulcimer and some modular (:
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by whyfarer » Wed May 06, 2020 11:27 pm

I would love to share my dvina and modular experiments, but it seems as if I didn't get my payment to them before covid slowed things down. I think I'm now looking at an end of may shipment at best :sadbanana:

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by InsectInPixel » Sun May 10, 2020 8:37 am

I just found out about this and I’m in love with that sound. I signed up for one. I’d be curious how it would sound through a rainmaker. Is there a DIY option?
I make UnderBridge for the Elektron Analog Keys. https://youtu.be/dowAKQkFAE0

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by whyfarer » Fri May 15, 2020 4:43 pm

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Sun May 10, 2020 8:37 am
I just found out about this and I’m in love with that sound. I signed up for one. I’d be curious how it would sound through a rainmaker. Is there a DIY option?
I haven't heard of any DIY options from SOMA, but someone earlier in this thread mentioned that may become available. EDIT: someone later in the thread has confirmed that there won't be a DIY option

In other news, I just got news from the builder that my Dvina is built! Shipping next week. I found a refurbished violin bow on ebay for under $50 shipped which arrived last week. it's coming together :yay:
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by freakynorth » Fri May 15, 2020 4:44 pm

I can’t wait to hear what people do with one of these!
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by SPIKE the Percussionist » Fri May 15, 2020 5:29 pm

whyfarer wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 4:43 pm
In other news, I just got news from the builder that my Dvina is built! Shipping next week. I found a refurbished violin bow on ebay for under $50 shipped which arrived last week. it's coming together :yay:
i guess i need to check in with SOMA!
i joined the wait list a long time ago.
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by InsectInPixel » Sat May 16, 2020 3:06 pm

After I reserved, he confirmed then I asked if a diy version is being considered. There isn’t. I thanked him and let him know I was already on the pulsar 23 list.
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by InsectInPixel » Mon May 18, 2020 9:21 am

whyfarer wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 4:43 pm
InsectInPixel wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 8:37 am
I just found out about this and I’m in love with that sound. I signed up for one. I’d be curious how it would sound through a rainmaker. Is there a DIY option?
I haven't heard of any DIY options from SOMA, but someone earlier in this thread mentioned that may become available. EDIT: someone later in the thread has confirmed that there won't be a DIY option

In other news, I just got news from the builder that my Dvina is built! Shipping next week. I found a refurbished violin bow on ebay for under $50 shipped which arrived last week. it's coming together :yay:
Wonderful! It's so beautiful sounding.
I make UnderBridge for the Elektron Analog Keys. https://youtu.be/dowAKQkFAE0

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by whyfarer » Sat May 23, 2020 12:26 am

InsectInPixel wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 9:21 am
Wonderful! It's so beautiful sounding.
My dvina was actually dropped off at the post yesterday, showed up in EMS Russian Post tracking today. Anyone have an over/under on how long it takes a large item to ship from Moscow to Seattle during the covid-19 pandemic? I'm thinking 2weeks. I apologize for spamming this thread with my order updates, but I will make and post some demos once it's here to make up for it.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by blipson » Sat May 23, 2020 5:01 am

I went with a violin bow because they’re longer, so more sustain before you have to reverse direction. Also, no cello bows conveniently available. One thing that’s bothering me: I really want to play it pizzicato, but then you get rosin. all over your fingers if you’ve been bowing it. Yet, I want to mix techniques and also be able to wiggle some knobs, which kind of sucks with rosin on your fingers.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by NoLegs » Sat May 23, 2020 5:57 am

Curious, how loud is it when it’s not amplified? For example if you were to play it while wearing headphones how loud would it sound to someone in the same room?

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Post by strettara » Sat May 23, 2020 7:40 am

This looks and sounds amazing.
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by oblis » Sat May 23, 2020 8:12 am

whyfarer wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 12:26 am
InsectInPixel wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 9:21 am
Wonderful! It's so beautiful sounding.
My dvina was actually dropped off at the post yesterday, showed up in EMS Russian Post tracking today. Anyone have an over/under on how long it takes a large item to ship from Moscow to Seattle during the covid-19 pandemic? I'm thinking 2weeks. I apologize for spamming this thread with my order updates, but I will make and post some demos once it's here to make up for it.
Ours must be in the same batch, received my tracking as well. I had a Rav Vast steel drum shipped via Russian Post last month from Perm to New Orleans and it took 16 days...it took 4 of those days to get from Perm to Moscow.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by blipson » Sat May 23, 2020 6:44 pm

NoLegs wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:57 am
Curious, how loud is it when it’s not amplified? For example if you were to play it while wearing headphones how loud would it sound to someone in the same room?
Unamplified, it's pretty damn quiet, and I love it. I can play without disturbing anyone (unless I want to disturb), and because it's so natural to keep your ear practically up against the neck, you can hear every nuance.

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by SaraClaros » Sat May 23, 2020 7:05 pm

Synth Con Meo wrote:
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Interesting.

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What a beautiful melody, it's such a sweet and soft sound

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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by vnsc » Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:21 pm

Just popping in here again to see how people are getting along with their instrument, or if anyone else who has received one has any other impressions to share. :)
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Re: Something new from Soma

Post by bmot » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:32 am

vnsc wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:21 pm
Just popping in here again to see how people are getting along with their instrument, or if anyone else who has received one has any other impressions to share. :)
It’s a real pleasure to play, it’s so easy to hold and handle and it’s not difficult to get smooth long bowed notes from it. My playing skills are pretty basic by the way, I’m not a professional string player. Plucking sounds great and of course is even easier. One real strong point is the low noise floor (virtually no noise, including handling noise) all you hear amplified is the instrument itself. It amplifies well through a mixer too, so it’s definitely possible to accompany Synth tracks with it. I’ve tried a few pedals and synths with it, particularly enjoyed plugging it into the MS10 and thickening up the Korg with the DVINA. Naturally, a bit of delay or reverb flatters the player in a nice way.

On the fence? Well, I guess it depends if you want to try a different type of instrument. But what it does, it does very well.

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Re: Soma Dvina

Post by module1 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:43 am

Please Please post some Audio.
Can only find The original/old Soma videos...

Thank you.

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Re: Soma Dvina

Post by whyfarer » Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:18 pm

module1 wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:43 am
Please Please post some Audio.
I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. Last shipping update was on May27 when it seemed to clear the export office. radio silence since then. I also would love some more sounds/vids to keep my drooling while I wait :party:

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